Our partners


We collaborate with many organizations and individuals who are passionate about children gaining voice and new roles in their school communities encouraging civic engagement.

This collaborators are part of schools like PS 20 (the Clinton Hill School) and Little Red School House (LREI), Barnard College, Teachers College. They are also at focused organizations including Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, the Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, the innovation incubator,

DK Holland, who is the founder of Inquiring Minds, is a TED Resident. The Residency is a vibrant community of over 100 individuals passionately involved in a spectrum of pursuits from prison reform to saving the oceans. Inquiring Minds believes civic engagement is part of practically everything.


DK Holland and Patricia Crain de Galrace with Peter Levine at CIRCLE (Tufts University)

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Laura Tavares of Facing History and Ourselves

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Suzie Kavanaugh with Carol Weber, Elizabeth Waters and DK Holland at 1776 in the Navy Yard

DK Holland and Elizabeth Waters with parents and students at PS20

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Susan Griffin of NCSS with SG Grant, Kathy Swan, and Jon Lee of the C3 Framework team.


National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

NCSS defines social studies as "the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence." Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. In essence, social studies promotes knowledge of and involvement in civic affairs. And because civic issues—such as health care, crime, and foreign policy—are multidisciplinary in nature, understanding these issues and developing resolutions to them require multidisciplinary education. These characteristics are the key defining aspects of social studies.

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility educates young people for hopeful and intelligent engagement with their world. A national leader in the field of social and emotional learning (SEL), Morningside Center has developed a range of research-based programs that improve students' social and emotional intelligence—and their academic performance. They are working to make social and emotional learning a part of every child’s education.

Barnard College, Teachers College and Long Island University

We have ongoing relationships with teaching colleges in New York City.

We also partner with public and private schools

Besides collaborating with organizations, Inquiring Minds has been fortunate to develop ongoing relationships with both public and private schools including:

PS 20 (Brooklyn, NY)

LREI (New York, NY)

Powell School (Washington, DC)

Edmund Burke School (Washington, DC)

Design for Social Innovation (New York, NY)